Amid civil war, a battle to preserve Syria’s historical heritage

10 Dec 2013 6:38 PM | Anonymous

Amid civil war, a battle to preserve Syria’s historical heritage

NEW YORK // More than 5,000 years ago, an army from the Mesopotamian city state of Uruk marched north and destroyed a prosperous rival city, Hamoukar, using slings and clay projectiles to massacre residents before burning it to the ground.

Archaeologists say the battle was perhaps the first instance of large-scale, organised warfare in human history, and it occurred in a corner of north-east Syria that, millennia later, is again soaked in blood as the country’s civil war grinds on.

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